Are You Really a Christian?

“Somehow many have come to believe that a person can be a  ‘Christian’ without being like Christ. A ‘follower’ who doesn’t follow. How does that make sense?” – Multiply, Francis Chan.

I picked up this quote from a blog entry I read this morning titled, “What does it mean to be a “Follower of Jesus?” Doesn’t the quote capture the prevailing attitude and belief of Christians these days? You know, the nonchalant verbal profession of their Christianity without actions to back it up. Are you really a Christian or do you just say you are? Because we all know that actions speak louder than words.

If everyone who call themselves “Christians” actually stopped and thought about what being a Christian really means, then the entire world would definitely become a much better place. As one quote says, “Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion – it is a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ.”

Take the time today to think about what you may need to do or change in yourself so that you can be more like Christ.

Words Don’t Mean What They Used To

It amazes me the connotations that go along with a word or group of words sometimes. There are words and phrases in English that don’t even mean what they used to anymore. A post on Authentic Parenting opened my eyes to this issue. The post is titled “Fat is Just a Word”, and talks about how fat has become synonymous with some things it doesn’t really mean. “Fat is the opposite of beautiful, fat is the opposite of active, fat is the opposite of smart. In a nutshell, fat is the epitome of all negative qualities one can attribute to a person.” This is not what the word means at, and while fat is the opposite of thin it shouldn’t have the other meanings that were described in the article.

The author then went on to talk about her daughter, who has been raised in Africa her whole life. The word fat in Africa is an sign of prosperity and well being. It was really eye opening to see how American culture has turned a word into such a demeaning and monstrous phrase.